December 22nd – 7 O’clock News/Silent Night

Song: 7 O’clock News / Silent Night
Album: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Performer: Simon & Garfunkel
Writer: Paul Simon
Year: 1966

This song is almost stale now but I still appreciate it as being a biting socially commentary of the time. Basically, we start out hearing Silent Night and the music is gradually drowned out by 7 O’clock radio news coverage about various incidents including the overdose death of Lenny Bruce and a speech by president Nixon to increase military force in Vietnam. It is a blunt juxtaposition of the peaceful song about Jesus’ birth and the unrest of a nation. I think I kept it in my playlist because that juxtaposition felt very real and alive this past Christmas season.